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Health Sciences B.S.

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  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 71 to 74
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
Rochester students majoring in the health sciences will receive an integrated education across the biological sciences, the physical sciences, the quantitative sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities. Students must complete at least 120 credits. The health sciences BS program prepares students for post baccalaureate education in a broad spectrum of health science related fields and for graduate programs in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities; health profession careers, including certificate programs in the health sciences; professional schools in the health sciences; and entry-level science and laboratory positions in industry, government agencies, and universities.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 2 semester(s) of Spanish or approved alternate language. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
In addition to the requirements below, students are required to create a personalized capstone. As part of the capstone, students write a proposal that requires them to list credit bearing activities, reflect upon their holistic experience, and express how their capstone endeavors align with their personal and professional goals. At least 11 upper division credits in the major must be taken at the University of Minnesota Rochester (or the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, or be part of an Approved Capstone Plan) to satisfy the Campus-Specific Credit Requirements policy.
Foundational Courses
Take exactly 11 course(s) totaling exactly 31 credit(s) from the following:
· BIOL 2311 - Integrative Biology [BIOL, TS] (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2321 - Biology of Human Function (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 2331 - Anatomy and Physiology I [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 1331 - Chemical Structures and Properties [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
CLI 1000 - Academic Inquiry into the Health Sciences (2.0 cr)
CLI 1712 - Personal Development and Career Exploration (1.0 cr)
CLI 2713 - Career Development and Career Skills in the Health Sciences (1.0 cr)
MATH 1161 - Introduction to Statistics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
PHIL 1441 - Introduction to Ethics [CIV, AH] (3.0 cr)
PSY 1511 - Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
PUBH 2561 - Introduction to Public Health [GP] (3.0 cr)
SOC 1571 - Introduction to Sociology [SOCS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
Writing
Take 1 - 2 course(s) totaling exactly 2 credit(s) from the following:
WRIT 1520 - Introduction to Academic Writing (2.0 cr)
or WRIT 1510 - Academic Writing: Responding to Ideas (1.0 cr)
WRIT 1511 - Academic Writing: Summarizing & Persuading (1.0 cr)
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 2 credit(s) from the following:
· WRIT 1512 - Academic Research & Scientific Writing (2.0 cr)
Communication
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· COMM 2511 - Communication Methods (3.0 cr)
or COMM 2711 - Communication in Professional Contexts (3.0 cr)
Civic Engagement
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 - 6 credit(s) from the following:
· CLI 2522 - Community Collaboratory (3.0 cr)
or six credits of UMR coursework with the Community Engaged Learning (CEL) attribute
Language
Spanish Introductory Course Sequence
Take exactly 2 course(s) totaling exactly 6 credit(s) from the following:
· SPAN 1521 - Spanish I (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 1522 - Spanish II (3.0 cr)
or Spanish Proficiency Exam
or Approved Alternate Language Assessment
or Completion of the introductory sequence of a language other than English at the college level
Quantitative Reasoning
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling 3 - 4 credit(s) from the following:
· MATH 1120 - Precalculus I [MATH] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1121 - Precalculus II [MATH] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1171 - Calculus, Modeling, and Data I [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or MATH 2161 - Biostatistics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 2171 - Calculus, Modeling, and Data II [MATH] (4.0 cr)
Upper-Division Coursework
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· BIOC 3321 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
· BIOC 3322 - Biochemistry II (4.0 cr)
· BIOC 3721 - Special Topics in Biochemistry (1.0-4.0 cr)
· BIOL 3311 - Genetics [BIOL, TS] (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 3332 - Anatomy and Physiology II (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 3344 - Microbiology [ENV] (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 3721 - Special Topics in the Life Sciences (1.0-4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4312 - Advanced Topics in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4342 - Neuroscience (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 4364 - Immunology (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 3721 - Special Topics in Chemistry (1.0-4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4331 - Chemical Biology/Bioorganic Chemistry (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 4333 - Physical Chemistry (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3715 - Public Discourse and Health: Communication and Advocacy (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3721 - Special Topics in Communication (1.0-4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3471 - Gender and Sexuality Studies [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3481 - Society, Science, and Science Fiction [TS] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3721 - Special Topics in English (1.0-4.0 cr)
· HIST 3245 - Epidemics, Empires, and Environment [HIS, ENV] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3721 - Special Topics in History (1.0-4.0 cr)
· HP 4802 - Health Economics and Finance [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· HP 4902 - Management and Leadership in Healthcare [GP] (2.0 cr)
· PHIL 3437 - History and Philosophy of Science [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· PHIL 3441 - Ethics of Medicine and the Sciences [AH, CIV] (3.0 cr)
· PHIL 3721 - Special Topics in Philosophy (1.0-4.0 cr)
· PHYS 3721 - Special Topics in the Physical Sciences (1.0-4.0 cr)
· PSY 3510 - Human Development across the Lifespan (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3512 - Principles of Abnormal Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3721 - Special Topics in Psychology (1.0-4.0 cr)
· PSY 3810 - Neuropsychology of Wellbeing and Resilience (3.0 cr)
· PSY 4512 - Social Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 3331 - Health Equity & Social Determinants of Health (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 3531 - Health Policy & Systems [GP, SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 3561 - Environmental Health and Environmental Justice [ENV, SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 3571 - EcoliteracySCHOOL: Public Health Immersion Field Experience (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 3721 - Special Topics in Public Health (1.0-4.0 cr)
· PUBH 4561 - Introduction to Epidemiology (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 4571 - EcoliteracySCHOOL: Public Health Immersion Research Experience (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3571 - Drugs and Society [DSJ, SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3581 - Medical Sociology and Technology [SOCS, TS] (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3721 - Special Topics in Sociology (1.0-4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3721 - Special Topics in Spanish (1.0-4.0 cr)
· WRIT 3721 - Special Topics in Writing (1.0-4.0 cr)
· Directed Study/Research
Students may take up to 3 credits of Directed Study/Research as part of the Upper Division Coursework.
Take at most 3 credit(s) from the following:
· BIOC 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Biochemistry (1.0-6.0 cr)
· BIOL 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Biology (1.0-6.0 cr)
· CHEM 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Chemistry (1.0-6.0 cr)
· COMM 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Communication (1.0-6.0 cr)
· ENGL 3393 - Directed Study or Research in English (1.0-6.0 cr)
· HIST 3393 - Directed Study or Research in History (1.0-6.0 cr)
· MATH 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Mathematics (1.0-6.0 cr)
· PHIL 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Philosophy (1.0-6.0 cr)
· PHYS 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Physics (1.0-6.0 cr)
· PSY 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Psychology (1.0-6.0 cr)
· PUBH 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Public Health (1.0-6.0 cr)
· SOC 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Sociology (1.0-6.0 cr)
· SPAN 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Spanish (1.0-6.0 cr)
· WRIT 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Writing (1.0-6.0 cr)
Capstone
Proposal & Reflection
Take exactly 2 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· CLI 3712 - Capstone Proposal Writing (2.0 cr)
· CLI 4713 - Capstone Reflections (1.0 cr)
Capstone Major Requirement Courses (CMRCs)
These credits cannot be used to satisfy any other program requirements.
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· upper-division (3xxx-level or higher) coursework
Early Assurance PA Pathway
Students in the Early Assurance PA Pathway (offered in collaboration with MCSHS) should take the following courses, normally optional within the BSHS degree: BIOC 3321; BIOL 2331, 3332, 3344 & 4364; CHEM 1333, 2231 & 2333; MATH 1120 & 1121; and PSY 3510 & 3512. In addition, the following courses are recommended: BIOL 3311; additional upper division physiological sciences courses such as cellular biology or virology; and a research methodology course.
 
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BIOL 2311 - Integrative Biology (BIOL, TS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introductory biology course with lab for health sciences majors. Emphasis on scientific literacy, mastery of core biological concepts, the relationship of biology to health sciences and other major disciplines, lifelong learning and citizenship. Taught utilizing student-centered, active learning, and writing-integrated approaches. coreq: WRIT 1512
BIOL 2321 - Biology of Human Function
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Provides students with an understanding the function of human organ systems including the cardiovascular, respiratory, skeletal, muscular, nervous system and special senses. Diseases of these systems are highlighted to provide direct application to popular culture and everyday life. Varied approaches to learning used including presentations, written assignments and group work in a reduced-lecture format. A hands-on, problem based lab component supplements the didactic instruction.
BIOL 2331 - Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
An introduction to the shape, structure, and function of the human body and its parts including basic anatomy, structure, and function of body systems and special senses. Specific attention is spent differentiating the anatomy and physiological workings of the integument, skeletal, muscular, nervous including the special senses, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and urinary systems. Case studies and laboratory activities are used in within a reduced-lecture delivery method to provide a student-centered, active-learning environment. prereq: 2311
CHEM 1331 - Chemical Structures and Properties (PHYS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course focuses on the study of the electronic, atomic and molecular structure of matter. Topics include: Atomic composition and mass spectrometry, theory of light, electronic structure and atomic spectroscopy, periodic table, covalent bond and molecular structure, organic functional groups and infrared spectroscopy, conformational analysis and H-NMR, intermolecular forces and phase change, solutions and solubility. Spectroscopic techniques are presented from the beginning as tools for evidence and analysis of atomic and molecular structure and composition. prereq: high school chemistry or equiv preferred and three years high school math required
CLI 1000 - Academic Inquiry into the Health Sciences
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Provides students with a firm foundation for academic success at UMR. Introduction to and application of basic academic skills in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment via consideration of a central organizing question. co-req: WRIT 1510
CLI 1712 - Personal Development and Career Exploration
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course enables students to develop a deeper understanding and application of their strengths. Strengths and personal values are explored in the context of both personal development and career exploration. Discussion of a wide variety of health careers prepares students to continue their career development in CLI 2713.
CLI 2713 - Career Development and Career Skills in the Health Sciences
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Builds on foundation of personal development and career exploration. Engage in personal career development through the career decision making process. Utilize and develop career skills including; resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, professionalism, and networking. Reflect on, explore, and engage in meaningful experiences to develop professional competencies. prereq: 1712
MATH 1161 - Introduction to Statistics (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Exploration of statistical analysis in a health sciences context, using technology and active/peer learning. Build statistical inferences from scientific methods. Gather, sort, describe, arrange and construct visual representations of data sets and generate basic predictive models. Introduction to probability and data distributions, leading to inferential statistics. prereq: three years of high school math
PHIL 1441 - Introduction to Ethics (CIV, AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course introduces students to basic ethical theories and examines several contemporary ethical problems. Some of the problems that may be examined include: income inequality, immigration, the right to die, the right to health care, civil disobedience, just war theory, paternalism, animal rights, and capital punishment. Students gain an understanding of the nature and historical origin of these problems and learn to critically evaluate possible solutions to these problems.
PSY 1511 - Introduction to Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Analysis of historical and contemporary paradigms in psychology, research methods, sequence and processes of human development, and the joint contribution of biological and environmental influences on behavior..
PUBH 2561 - Introduction to Public Health (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students acquire an understanding of the academic discipline of public health, major public health problems, and public health systems. The course examines core principles of public health, and provides opportunities to apply new knowledge to address complex population health problems both domestically and globally. Course activities promote critical thinking and integration of public health problems and solutions providing the tools to address population health issues that face individuals, our communities, and the world.
SOC 1571 - Introduction to Sociology (SOCS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to foundational ideas and research techniques in sociology. Includes a critical engagement with core concepts, including the sociological imagination, socialization, culture, the interplay between individuals and institutions, and social stratification.
WRIT 1520 - Introduction to Academic Writing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students develop critical reading and academic writing skills, and explore writing across the disciplines and paragraph development. Students learn to respond to academic ideas with clear thesis statements, develop cohesive persuasive paragraphs using cited material from academic texts, and use reflective writing to support their personal and academic growth. WRIT 1520 is a combination of WRIT 1510 & 1511.
WRIT 1510 - Academic Writing: Responding to Ideas
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to critical reading and academic writing skills. Students learn to respond to academic ideas with clear thesis statements, develop arguments with specific examples, and use proper in-text and reference citations to cite information. Students also explore using reflective writing to support their personal and academic growth. coreq: CLI 1000
WRIT 1511 - Academic Writing: Summarizing & Persuading
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students explore writing across the disciplines with a focus on paragraph development. Students learn to summarize academic texts using signal phrases, develop cohesive persuasive paragraphs using cited material from academic texts, and use writing to reflect on their experiences. coreq: SOC 1571
WRIT 1512 - Academic Research & Scientific Writing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Course focuses on writing in the sciences, academic research, and collaborative writing. Students actively read and analyze scientific writing, conduct and evaluate academic research, and respond to scientific ideas with well-developed arguments. Students also develop collaborate writing skills through a group project and explore using reflective writing to support their personal and academic growth. coreq: BIOL 2311
COMM 2511 - Communication Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students learn the role of communication in the public's understanding of health. Students learn theories and practices of verbal, nonverbal, and visual communication and the impact of interpersonal, group, organizational, and scientific contexts on communication in order to analyze and create messages about health related topics. Students develop public speaking skills using presentation software.
COMM 2711 - Communication in Professional Contexts
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Students learn the role of communication skills for professionals in a health care context developing public speaking skills using presentation software. Students learn theories of communication and how to effectively communicate through verbal and nonverbal channels while exploring the role of interpersonal, group, and organizational communication in health care settings.
CLI 2522 - Community Collaboratory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
The academic goal of this course is to extend the student learning experience into the local community. Responding to needs identified by local public, private, and nonprofit organizations, students will confront the challenges present in complex human systems and contribute to projects aimed at improving the quality of life in Southeastern Minnesota. In doing so, students participate in sustainable and meaningful partnerships between the University of Minnesota Rochester and the surrounding community. Students will also have the opportunity to build relationships with people of different backgrounds and life experiences, to broaden their worldview, to critically and creatively examine community concerns, and to discover their own capacity to affect change in the world around them.
SPAN 1521 - Spanish I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
A communicative approach for beginners to grammar and vocabulary within the context of daily life in both personal and professional interactions. Focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in culturally and situationally appropriate ways. Includes an initial exploration of Spanish within the healthcare environment. Students should expect to build their knowledge bank with a large amount of vocabulary necessary to form meaningful conversations. Lecture is limited; class time is spent primarily in small group practice.Taught utilizing student-centered, active learning and writing-integrated approaches. Students who have previously studied Spanish are expected to take the placement exam before enrolling in a course.
SPAN 1522 - Spanish II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
A communicative approach to grammar and vocabulary within the context of daily life and the healthcare environment in both personal and professional interactions. Focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in culturally and situationally appropriate ways. Students should expect to continue building their vocabulary knowledge bank and deepen their understanding of grammar structures. Lecture is limited; class time is spent primarily in small group practice.Taught utilizing student-centered, active learning and writing-integrated approaches. Students must have received at least a C- in Spanish 1521 or have placed into 1522 through the placement exam.
MATH 1120 - Precalculus I (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course develops skills related to understanding and manipulating equations and connects equations to relations and functions. While studying functions, essential properties to functions are discussed and include function transformations. Attention is given to polynomial and rational functions with an emphasis on linear and quadratic functions. Inverse functions and their applications to exponential and logarithmic functions are also explored. Course concepts are demonstrated in physical contexts using appropriate mathematical and quantitative methods, which includes analytic geometry. Clear and proper communication of the mathematics is stressed. The course utilizes active learning strategies and includes a significant collaboration component. This course includes coverage beyond the usual high school level mathematics courses. prereq: three years of high school mathematics.
MATH 1121 - Precalculus II (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course develops quantitative reasoning skills that build upon the understanding of a function as well as the foundation presented in Precalculus I. Trigonometric functions and their properties are explored in depth through unit circle analysis. Additionally, inverse trigonometric functions, right triangle trigonometry, Half and Double Angle theorems, and Laws of Sines and Cosines are discussed. Methods of solving systems of equations, including solving by substitution and elimination by addition, are developed. Arithmetic and geometric sequences and series are discussed. Analysis of conic sections is also explored. Vector analysis may also be completed including the dot project. Throughout the course, modelling physical situations with mathematics using appropriate quantitative methods. Clear and proper communication of the mathematics is stressed. The course utilizes active learning strategies and includes a significant collaboration component. This course includes coverage beyond the usual high school level mathematics courses. prereq: 1120 or placement exam
MATH 1171 - Calculus, Modeling, and Data I (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Differential/integral calculus of a single variable. Optimization, numerical methods. Differential equations, graphing. Functions of several variables and Introduction to partial derivatives. Applications emphasize biology, health sciences, and integration of mathematical models. prereq: C- or better in 1121 or placement exam
MATH 2161 - Biostatistics (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Using real data, this course develops a conceptual understanding of statistical hypothesis testing and critical thinking about sampling techniques and experimental design. Focus on selecting appropriate hypothesis tests for research questions and correctly completing ANOVA tests, non-parametric tests, log/odds ratio tests, logistic regression, and survival analysis. Instruction in using Microsoft Excel and SAS to perform the computational parts of hypothesis testing and produce meaningful graphical representations. Emphasis on discussing statistics in groups, presenting findings, and communicating results. prereq: C- or better in 1161
MATH 2171 - Calculus, Modeling, and Data II (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Differential/integral calculus of a single variable. Sequences and series. Differential calculus of multiple variables. Systems of differential equations. Matrices. Phase plane analysis. Applications emphasize biology, health sciences, and integration of mathematical models. prereq: C- or better in 1171 or placement exam
BIOC 3321 - Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
In this course, students gain an appreciation for the breadth and depth of current knowledge in biochemistry through an active learning, student-centered approach. Students examine the structure of macromolecules essential to life (including proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates). This analysis gives special consideration to the manner in which molecular structure dictates function. Additionally, students examine the enzymatic pathways responsible for synthesis and degradation of macromolecules, the regulation of enzymes that catalyze these reactions, and the energy expended or produced during these processes. Such pathways include carbohydrate metabolism (glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, citric acid cycle), lipid metabolism (beta-oxidation, lipid synthesis), and oxidative phosphorylation. Students apply these concepts to problem solving within the field, while also gaining confidence in his/her communication of biochemical principles through collaborative, team-based activities. prereq: C or better in [BIOL 2311; CHEM 2131, 2335; MATH 1120]
BIOC 3322 - Biochemistry II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
This advanced course covers the enzymatic pathways responsible for synthesis and degradation of macromolecules i.e. carbohydrate, lipid and nitrogen metabolism, and the regulation of these processes with an emphasis on metabolic diseases. The course based undergraduate research experience or CURE lab focuses on characterizing novel, unstudied proteins. prereq: C or better in 3321
BIOC 3721 - Special Topics in Biochemistry
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In-depth study of special topics in Biochemistry. prereq: instr consent; repeated enrollment allowed only if topics are different
BIOL 3311 - Genetics (BIOL, TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced introduction to genetic information, including molecular aspects of inheritance and disease; gene expression and regulation in cells/organisms; population genetics; mutation and molecular evolution; genome organization; gene databases; and pedigree analysis. Incorporates ethical, social and legal perspectives relevant to advances in genetic technology and increasing availability of human genetic information. Taught utilizing student-centered, active learning and writing-integrated approaches. prereq: 2311, CHEM 1231, CHEM 2331
BIOL 3332 - Anatomy and Physiology II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course reviews and elaborates on the basic structure and function of body systems covered in BIOL 2331. Attention is given to understanding how those systems and concepts are related to higher order physiological phenomena such as: 1) Our ability to sense stimuli and respond (nervous system, endocrine system, lymphatic system, and immune response); 2) The complex mechanisms/requirements for homeostatic regulation (relationship between nutrition and metabolism and water and ion balance in the human body); 3) Reproduction and fertility?. Case studies and laboratory activities incorporate problem solving and applications to health sciences within a student-centered, active learning environment. Strong emphasis on experimental design and execution. Analysis of data using statistical methods. prereq: C- or better in 2331
BIOL 3344 - Microbiology (ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Microbiology examines the evolution, structure, physiology, metabolism, and genetics of microorganisms with an emphasis on bacteria and viruses, the dynamic impact of microbes on humans and the role of microbes in the environment. This course is taught using student-centered, active learning and writing integrated approaches, and fosters an understanding of problem solving within the field and gaining confidence in communication of microbiology through collaborative, team-based assignments. The accompanying laboratory provides exposure to a variety of current microbiology techniques. prereq: C- or better in [2311, CHEM 1331, MATH 1120]
BIOL 3721 - Special Topics in the Life Sciences
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In-depth study of special topics in the life sciences. prereq: instr consent; repeated enrollment allowed only if topics are different
BIOL 4312 - Advanced Topics in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of the synthesis, function, and regulation of biological molecules (DNA, RNA, and proteins). Examination of the structure of chromosomes and genes and the processes of gene regulation involving DNA replication, transcription, translation, and epigenetic modification. Emphasis placed on the molecular basis of cell function including cellular communication, transport, secretion pathways, movement and more. The course is delivered through an active learning, student-centered and writing-intensive approach. Laboratory exercises maximize student exposure to an array of techniques dealing with DNA, RNA, and proteins while addressing a novel hypothesis. prereq: 3311
BIOL 4342 - Neuroscience
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Investigation into principles of brain function from neurons to behaviors within the context of current technological advances in studies of the brain and nervous system. prereq: 2331; [3332 or 3311 or BIOC 3321]
BIOL 4364 - Immunology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Immunology explores the general properties of the human immune system including: the structure, function, and origin of participating tissues and cells, the general mechanism of the innate and adaptive immune systems, and the development and deployment of self vs non-self. A multidisciplinary lens is used to examine the social, ethical, and historical perspectives of the immune system through specific cases of disease relevant to the health sciences and prevention of disease through vaccination. prereq: 3332 or 3344 or BIOC 3321
CHEM 3721 - Special Topics in Chemistry
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In-depth study of special topics in chemistry. prereq: instr consent; repeated enrollment allowed only if topics are different
CHEM 4331 - Chemical Biology/Bioorganic Chemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Topics include: Chemical control of signal transduction; Polyketide biosynthesis; Non-natural amino acid insertion into proteins (in vivo nonsense suppression); Non-ribosomal peptides; Organic chemistry of polymerase chain reaction; Protein backbone modification - secondary structure stabilization; Chemical biology of fluorescent proteins. DNA binding antibiotics; DNA backbone modification; RNAi; Cell surface engineering through oligosaccharide biosynthesis. prereq: C- or better in 2131
CHEM 4333 - Physical Chemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Statistical mechanics to understand macroscopic description of chemical phenomena: molecular energy levels, Boltzmann factor, and partition functions. Chemical thermodynamics, phase equilibria, liquid-liquid solutions, and chemical equilibria. Introduction to molecular spectroscopy. Principles of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. prereq: C- or better in [2333, PHYS 2251, MATH 1171]; prereq or coreq: C- or better in MATH 2171
COMM 3715 - Public Discourse and Health: Communication and Advocacy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Students learn and apply communication theory to explore and analyze the ways people use verbal and nonverbal communication to create meaning, engage in and shape public discourses, and influence the understanding of health issues. Examination of how individuals, institutions, and technology impact public discourses on health. Students research and advocate for ethical, science-based perspectives on a health discourse of their choosing and improve their written, spoken, and visual communication skills.
COMM 3721 - Special Topics in Communication
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In-depth study of special topics in communication.
ENGL 3471 - Gender and Sexuality Studies (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course explores a variety of theories of gender and sexuality; the literary and media representations of gender and sexuality (both contemporary and historical); and the embodiment, performance and construction of gender and sexual identities. The ethical, social, and political dimensions of gender- and heteronormativity and the role of power in theories and manifestations of gender and sexuality are considered. prereq: 1433 or HIST 1435 or HUM 1437 or PHIL 1441
ENGL 3481 - Society, Science, and Science Fiction (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical/contemporary analysis of science and technology and their representation in literary, cinematic, and/or multimedia science fiction. Course will explore how science/technology figures creation of socio-cultural values and truth production, and may include, but is not limited to, the cultural, psychological, historical, and literary perspectives. Course is discussion-based and project-centered. prereq: 1433 or HIST 1435 or HUM 1437 or PHIL 1441
ENGL 3721 - Special Topics in English
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In-depth study of special topics in English. prereq: instr consent; repeated enrollment allowed only if topics are different
HIST 3245 - Epidemics, Empires, and Environment (HIS, ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Analysis of the impact of epidemic diseases on the social, cultural, and political landscapes from the Black Death to the present. Course themes include: environmental and biological components contributing to infectious disease; development of public health measures; intersection of disease control and imperialism; social reactions of mass hysteria and violence; rise of the germ theory of disease; and the impact of industrialization and globalization on the ecological transmission of disease. prereq: BIOL 2311
HIST 3721 - Special Topics in History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In-depth study of special topics in History. prereq: instr consent; repeated enrollment allowed only if topics are different
HP 4802 - Health Economics and Finance (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students will learn micro- and macro-economic theory applied within the healthcare sector. A flow of funds approach explores finances in healthare transactions and incentives. Historical development of third party reimbursement, healthcare financial structures and mechanisms,individual health and public health factors affecting the delivery system, payment system, and supply/demand system is followed by a wider macroeconomic review to explore factors of change within the healthcare system. National health spending and the role of government and regulators in public and private health will be applied by case study and contemporary readings. The health of individuals and the health of groups will be studied in terms of cost, economic, ethical and socioeconomic disparities, and in non-Western countries. The course aims to make the language of healthcare finance and economics understandable and relevant for students in healthcare professions.
HP 4902 - Management and Leadership in Healthcare (GP)
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students acquire background and skills of business/administrative aspects of healthcare. Applications of business theory are applied to medical settings. Functions of management organization models, budget and other planning, information systems, human resource functions including staff scheduling, employee evaluation, productivity management, personal accountability, group leadership, external factors including accreditation and non-Western views will be explored. Alternative theories including Systems Thinking will be explored and contrasted with traditional management.
PHIL 3437 - History and Philosophy of Science (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examination of several historical and contemporary philosophical problems that arise within the context of scientific practice. Problems may include: the nature of scientific explanation, the problem of induction, the problem of demarcation, the role of laws and models in scientific theorizing, the social responsibilities of scientists, and scientific realism. Students gain an understanding of the nature and historical origin of these problems and learn to critically evaluate possible solutions to these problems. prereq: sophomore status or above
PHIL 3441 - Ethics of Medicine and the Sciences (AH, CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course examines several contemporary ethical problems that arise within the context of medicine and scientific research. Some of the problems that may be examined include: the social responsibilities of pharmaceutical companies, the role of the family in medical-decision making, cognitive enhancement, the proper payment for research participation, direct-to-consumer advertising of pharmaceutical drugs, empathy and medical professionalism, and the permissibility of religious conscientious objection. Students will gain an understanding of the nature and historical origin of these problems and learn to critically evaluate possible solutions to these problems. prereq: 1441 or instr consent
PHIL 3721 - Special Topics in Philosophy
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In-depth study of special topics in Philosophy. prereq: instr consent; repeated enrollment allowed only if topics are different
PHYS 3721 - Special Topics in the Physical Sciences
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In-depth study of special topics in the physical sciences. prereq: instr consent; repeated enrollment allowed only if topics are different
PSY 3510 - Human Development across the Lifespan
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course emphasizes the diverse cultural, social, socioeconomic, and historical contexts of human development throughout the lifespan and explores how these contexts directly influence biosocial, cognitive and psychosocial aspects human development. The course covers the basic principles of human development including: major paradigms, research methods, the sequences and processes of development, and the joint contributions of biological and environmental influences. prereq: 1511
PSY 3512 - Principles of Abnormal Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Abnormal psychology is the study of the classification, explanation and treatment of abnormal phenomena and mental disorder. This course focuses on the major concepts and controversies in the field. We consider how abnormality is defined and classified, and how the biological, psychological, and sociocultural paradigms contribute to understanding and treating individuals with mental disorders. The multicausality of mental disorder is understood using a diathesis-stress model. Common types of mental disorders are covered with an emphasis on the phenomenology of the disorder (i.e., what it is like to have the disorder), the biopsychosocial causes of the disorder, and the major treatment approaches. Attention is given to appreciating the impact of abnormal mental phenomena on the sufferer and their loved ones, and examining the values and ethics that apply to working with people with mental disorder. prereq: 1511
PSY 3721 - Special Topics in Psychology
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In-depth study of special topics in psychology. prereq: Repeated enrollment allowed only if topics are different
PSY 3810 - Neuropsychology of Wellbeing and Resilience
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course pulls from current literature in the fields of neuroscience and positive psychology to explore cognition and human behavior from the perspectives of wellbeing, resilience, and coping rather than pathology, damage, and weakness. To explore this topic, the course emphasizes neuroscientific and psychological perspectives to evaluate positive human functioning on multiple levels that range from the cellular and molecular through the sociocultural. The content and activities guide students through an exploration of how positive experiences, positive individual traits, and positive institutions influence and are influenced by neurophysiology and behavior. The course focuses on prevention and competency building instead of merely correcting disorders and weaknesses. prereq: 1511
PSY 4512 - Social Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Social Psychology is the scientific study of how peoples' thoughts, feelings, and actions can influence and/or be influenced by others. This course covers topics that include, but are not limited to: research methods, ethics, and classic as well as contemporary research on topics including social influence and social cognition, self and person perception, attitude formation and change, prejudice and stereotypes, aggression and conflict, helping and prosocial behavior. pre-requ: 1511;
PUBH 3331 - Health Equity & Social Determinants of Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students investigate the role of social and community factors that contribute to health inequities. Students identify neighborhood characteristics such as poverty or access to care that play a critical role in higher negative health outcomes within at-risk populations. Examination of these complex public health issues using evidence-based approaches, frameworks and models, and research methods. Course activities promote critical thinking skills to discover root causes of health inequities and to examine interventions intended to eliminate disparate health conditions within neighborhoods or specific populations. prereq: 2561
PUBH 3531 - Health Policy & Systems (GP, SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students explore health policy as it shapes the lives and health of people and populations locally, nationally, and globally. Students use policy analysis frameworks and evidence-based resources to learn the many dimensions of public health and health policy. Attention is paid to policy at multiple levels, from local policies to national to global policies impacting health outcomes. Students examine the creation, implementation, and impact of health policy through a ?health in all policies? lens. Students address the challenge of meeting the needs of target populations with often different, and conflicting, viewpoints. prereq: 2561
PUBH 3561 - Environmental Health and Environmental Justice (ENV, SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course examines environmental health issues and the complex challenges that occur within our communities that affect human health. Examination of environmental health at a micro level--investigating problems that occur within the Rochester community--to understand macro concepts. Includes community engagement with learning opportunities to assess current and past environmental conditions throughout the Rochester, MN area. Themes for this course include neighborhood-churning, food, water, air, and waste while investigating corresponding environmental justice issues that contribute to negative health outcomes. Incorporates a variety of hands-on engaged community learning in partnership with community stakeholders with in-class activities and field trip experiences. This ?hands-on? learning in our community encourages critical reflection for students to reconcile personal ideals with new knowledge and skills. prereq: 2561
PUBH 3571 - EcoliteracySCHOOL: Public Health Immersion Field Experience
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students take a leadership role in the development and implementation of a student led public health projects part of a team field experience. Students explore the environmental impacts on human health from a public health and ecoliteracy perspective. Students engage in active learning experiences working and mentoring with high school students. Public health project topics align with and support the 3-day immersive EcoliteracySCHOOL field experience. These topics include: Teambuilding Emergency Preparedness Director, Water & Hydration Specialist, Marketing & Creative Director, Mentorship Leader, Grant-writing Specialist, and Mindfulness Instructor, to name a few. Course activities promote collaboration with peers and high-school mentees, project-based applied learning, pursuit of individual interests, use of the evidence-based public health process, and personal and academic leadership and development. Students prepare a project presentation for wider audiences. prereq: instructor permission and 2561
PUBH 3721 - Special Topics in Public Health
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In-depth study of special topics in public health.
PUBH 4561 - Introduction to Epidemiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
This course examines epidemiologic concepts to introduce students to the systematic methods of disease discovery, control and prevention. Students looks at procedures of the distribution and determinants of health and diseases, morbidity, injuries, disability, and mortality in populations. Application of epidemiologic methods investigate the control of conditions such as infectious and chronic diseases, mental disorders, community and environmental health hazards, and unintentional injuries. This course discusses the broader contexts of how epidemiological methods assist in identifying and solving public health issues. prereq: 2561, MATH 1161
PUBH 4571 - EcoliteracySCHOOL: Public Health Immersion Research Experience
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students build on their PUBH 3571 experience to design a research study that investigates facets of the EcoliteracySCHOOL program, public health concepts and/or curriculum. Students work closely with public health faculty to develop and implement a research agenda that meets individual academic goals. Students are encouraged to present finding at selected conferences. Students build on their exploration of the environmental impacts on human health from a public health and ecoliteracy perspective through a research course. Students engage in active learning experiences working and mentoring with high school students throughout the duration of the course. prereq: instructor permission and 3571
SOC 3571 - Drugs and Society (DSJ, SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
This course investigates a variety of causal factors for drug use, including environmental and biological, and situate these within their social, historical, and cultural contexts. Topics include drug use across cultures; social responses to drug use; drug use and race/class conflict; drug policy, legislation, and enforcement; drug treatment; mass media images of drug use and related activities. prereq: sophomore status or above
SOC 3581 - Medical Sociology and Technology (SOCS, TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Exploration of the complicated interplay among health, illness, disease, health care systems, technology, biomedical science, and society. This course utilizes the sociological perspective to investigate the personal, social, cultural, and organizational, and technological issues that influence the health of people in the United States and globally. Topics include the role that society plays in the development of medical technologies, as well as the impact of those technological developments on population health, individual health, and the field of medicine. prereq: sophomore status or above
SOC 3721 - Special Topics in Sociology
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In-depth study of special topics in sociology. prereq: instr consent; repeated enrollment allowed only if topics are different
SPAN 3721 - Special Topics in Spanish
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In-depth study of special topics in Spanish. prereq: instr consent; repeated enrollment allowed only if topics are different
WRIT 3721 - Special Topics in Writing
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In-depth study of special topics in writing. prereq: instr consent; repeated enrollment allowed only if topics are different
BIOC 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Biochemistry
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual study or research on selected topics or problems. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
BIOL 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Biology
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual study or research on selected topics or problems. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
CHEM 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Chemistry
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual study or research on selected topics or problems. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
COMM 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Communication
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual study or research on selected topics or problems. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
ENGL 3393 - Directed Study or Research in English
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual study or research on selected topics or problems
HIST 3393 - Directed Study or Research in History
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual study or research on selected topics or problems. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
MATH 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Mathematics
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual study or research on selected topics or problems. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
PHIL 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Philosophy
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual study or research on selected topics or problems. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
PHYS 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Physics
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual study or research on selected topics or problems. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
PSY 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Psychology
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual study or research on selected topics or problems. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
PUBH 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Public Health
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual study or research on selected topics or problems. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
SOC 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Sociology
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual study or research on selected topics or problems. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
SPAN 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Spanish
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual study or research on selected topics or problems. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
WRIT 3393 - Directed Study or Research in Writing
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual study or research on selected topics or problems prereq: instr consent, dept consent
CLI 3712 - Capstone Proposal Writing
Credits: 2.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course focuses on all aspects of writing and submitting the Capstone Proposal for the BSHS degree. Students will propose a set of learning experiences which connect to a holistic theme. Capstone Proposals are reviewed by the CLI Faculty and must be approved before Capstone experiences can begin.
CLI 4713 - Capstone Reflections
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students will complete this course in the final semester of their UMR capstone experience. This course integrates student life, the curriculum, and career exploration to facilitate student growth and professional development. The purpose of this course is to participate in, observe, analyze, and interpret students' capstone experiences. To illustrate growth, students will record their observations and analysis throughout the semester and present their capstone portfolio in a public presentation.